I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

When thinking about which rehab programs and treatment options to explore, some good questions you should consider asking are:

There are various factors which will impact your rehab options, such as the severity of your addiction, your financial position, and your unique personal situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab.

II. The Best Rehabs in Los Angeles, CA

The cost of rehab can be high, depending on your needs and location. Whether or not you have insurance, there are ways for you to get help breaking free of your addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 265 licensed substance abuse treatment centers in the Los Angeles area. Many of these organizations are on a mission to provide substance abuse recovery services to residents, regardless of their financial status. Out of these 265 rehabs, the Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has received the highest overall scores based on our five core metrics.


We used these five core metrics to evaluate the quality of each facility. For more information, feel free to read a full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology.

1. Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has an overall score of 5.7points out of 10 possible points, making it the highest-rated among all substance abuse treatment facilities we’ve researched in the Los Angeles area. The center’s strong points are its wealth of treatment approaches and its variety of services and programs offered.

Treatment approaches include a 12-step facilitation method, cognitive/behavioral therapy, trauma-related counseling and relapse prevention, while special programs range from adolescents to senior citizens, those with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues, clients referred from the judicial system and more.

A multitude of ancillary services, from smoking cessation to employment counseling to STD testing, ensures that clients who complete treatment at the center are well-suited for success. The center ranked low in rehabilitation services provided as it only offers basic substance abuse treatment.

The center offers its services on an outpatient basis and accepts clients who are presently on opioid medications. It ranked high in the cost category as it accepts private pay, private and state-financed health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and other government funding for substance abuse programs on a sliding fee scale, and payment assistance is available.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 1.6
  • Treatment Approaches: 7.7
  • Cost: 7.5
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 6.7
  • Ancillary Services: 7.44

2. West County Medical Clinic

With an overall score of 5.5 out of 10 points, West County Medical Clinic scored the highest in rehabilitation services provided, as it offers substance abuse treatment, detoxification, Methadone maintenance and detoxification, Buprenorphine maintenance and detoxification, and a SAMHSA-certified Opioid Treatment Program.

Treatment approaches include cognitive/behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and anger management, and special programs focus on a variety of populations, such as LGBTQ, domestic violence victims and persons with HIV. The center also features a wide range of ancillary services from housing services to social skills development to transportation assistance.

The center provides outpatient services. It scores low on payment options but still accepts private pay, private health insurance and Medicaid on a sliding fee scale.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 7.47
  • Treatment Approaches: 5.39
  • Cost: 2.5
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 5.36
  • Ancillary Services: 5.58

3. Alcoholism Center for Women Outpatient Services

Primarily due to the depth and breadth of its special programs and ancillary services, Alcoholism Center for Women Outpatient Services received a total score of 5.2 out of 10 points. Special programs are available for groups ranging from adolescents to senior citizens, including persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, LGBTQ clients, veterans and members of military families, clients referred from the judicial system, pregnant/postpartum women, persons with HIV or AIDS and persons who have experienced trauma, abuse or domestic violence. An equally large number of ancillary services ranges from individual, marriage and family therapy to domestic violence services to health education, nutrition and wellness individual and group counseling, and more. Alcoholism Center for Women also utilizes evidenced based gender responsive trauma informed curriculum and has over 45 years of experience serving the community. ACW’s Outpatient Programs are certified by the State Department of Healthcare Services and are CARF accredited.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 1.66
  • Treatment Approaches: 6.16
  • Cost: 5.0
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 8.71
  • Ancillary Services: 8.06
Top-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in the Los Angeles Metro Area
RankRehabTotal ScoreContact Information
#1Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence5.71245 East Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91106 Main Tel: 626-795-9127
#2West County Medical Clinic5.5100 East Market Street Long Beach, CA 90805 Main Tel: 562-428-4222
#3Alcoholism Center for Women Outpatient Services5.21147 South Alvarado Street Los Angeles, CA 90006 Main Tel: 213-381-8500
#4Santa Ana Comprehensive Treatment Center5.12101 East 1st Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 Main Tel: 714-581-9181
#5Tarzana Treatment Centers Youth Services5.044443 10th Street West Lancaster, CA 93534 Main Tel: 661-726-2630
#6Change Lanes Youth Support Services4.943845 10th Street West, Unit 1-D Lancaster, CA 93534 Main Tel: 661-948-2555
#7Associates in Counseling and Mediation, Inc.4.6326 West Katella Ave, #A1 Orange, CA 92867 Main Tel: 714-547-1404
#8Sunrise Community Counseling Center4.5537 South Alvarado Street Los Angeles, CA 90057 Main Tel: 213-207-2770
#9Phoenix House Orange County4.51207 East Fruit Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 Main Tel: 714-953-9373

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Los Angeles

Start by determining your coverage

In order to determine your best options for a rehabilitation center, you’ll need to learn about your health coverage. You can reach out to your private or healthcare marketplace insurance provider to find out what centers you are able to utilize. To learn about if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit www.coveredca.com. No matter the type of coverage you have, insurance companies (public and private) must cover substance abuse treatment for qualified individuals.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of California recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant rehabs near you.

Schedule an assessment

If you are pursuing treatment that will be covered by insurance, your first step will likely be scheduling an assessment by a qualified individual, such as a therapist or counselor. Most facilities provide assessments, or your primary care provider may be able to refer you. Contact companies in our database above to find out if they will provide this service.

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    What to Expect in Rehab

    Addiction treatment is a multifaceted industry, and there are numerous techniques and philosophies. As a result, the science of studying addiction is constantly shifting and improving. However, the core elements of rehabilitation are very similar.


    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process.

    III. Finding Aftercare in Los Angeles

    The rehabilitation process can be a lifelong venture, and without proper aftercare upon release from a rehab facility, the chances of relapse increase. Many different aftercare options provide flexibility to the community, such as follow-up visits for continued therapy, sober living homes, and group therapy. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.

    The 12-step process for recovering from alcohol addiction was created by Alcoholics Anonymous, a nationwide addiction support group. Today, there are many other resources that follow a similar path, including NA, or Narcotics Anonymous, for those struggling with drug addictions.


    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    See our directory tool below to find local organizations that can help you find your local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group meetings. Meeting times and locations change periodically, it is best to call ahead to make sure the online information is accurate.

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Database

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    24 Hour Answering ServiceChinoAA(909) 628-4428N/A
    24 Hour Answering ServiceDavisAA(800) 970-9040N/A
    24 Hour Answering ServiceTwain HarteAA(209) 533-1134N/A
    24 Hour Answering ServiceYuba CityAA(916) 454-1100;(916) 454-1771N/A
    24-Hour HotlineThousand OaksAA(805) 495-1111N/A
    52nd District Alcoholics Anonymous Central OfficeSanta MariaAA(805) 925-3782N/A
    916 North Area NA916 North Area (Chico)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    A.A. Central Office Of Kern CountyBakersfieldAA(661) 322-4025N/A
    A.A. San Fernando Valley C.O.Van NuysAA(818) 988-3001N/A
    Alcoholics Anonymous 24-Hour HotlineGaltAA(209) 339-1201N/A
    All South Bay Central OfficeTorranceAA(310) 618-1180N/A
    American River Area NAAmerican River Area (Sacramento)NA(800) 600-4673;(866) 565-2135N/A
    Antelope Valley IntergroupLancasterAA(661) 945-5757N/A
    Area de Habla Hispana del Norte California NAArea de Habla Hispana del Norte CaliforniaNAN/A(855) 667-2262
    Bay Cities Area NABay Cities Area (Long Beach, San Pedro, Torrance, Hermosa Beach)NA(310) 372-9666N/A
    Beach Area NABeach AreaNAN/AN/A
    CAN Area NACAN Area (Needles)NA(928) 768-6467N/A
    Central California Area NACentral California Area (Fresno)NA(559) 255-5881N/A
    Central California FellowshipSacramentoAA(916) 454-1100;(916) 454-1771N/A
    Central Coast Area NACentral Coast Area (Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles)NA(800) 549-7730N/A
    Central Coast Central Office IntergroupSan Luis ObispoAA(805) 541-3211;(855) 541-3288N/A
    Central Intergroup Office Of The DesertCathedral CityAA(760) 324-4880N/A
    Central Service Office Of FresnoFresnoAA(559) 221-6907N/A
    Central Sierra Area NACentral Sierra Area (Angels Camp)NA(800) 240-4956N/A
    Central Sierra South Area NACentral Sierra South Area (Sonora)NA(209) 533-2348N/A
    Central Valley IntergroupModestoAA(209) 572-2970N/A
    Central Valley North Area NACentral Valley North Area (Acampo, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, Tracy, Victor)NA(209) 464-9262N/A
    Contra Costa Area NAContra Costa Area (Concord)NA(925) 685-4357N/A
    Contra Costa Service CenterWalnut CreekAA(925) 939-4155;(925) 939-5371N/A
    County Line Area NACounty Line Area (Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks)NA(888) 672-9318N/A
    Del Norte IntergroupCrescent CityAA(707) 464-3411N/A
    Delta Central OfficeStocktonAA(209) 464-1509N/A
    Desert Empire Area NADesert Empire Area (Barstow)NA(800) 863-2962N/A
    Dist. 20-Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and Surrounding AreasWestern Nevada CountyAA(530) 272-6287N/A
    East Bay Central Area NAEast Bay Central Area (Alameda County, Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Livermore)NA(510) 444-4673N/A
    East Bay North Area NAEast Bay North Area (Oakland)NA(510) 444-4673N/A
    East County IntergroupEl CajonAA(877) 993-2422N/A
    Eastbay Intergroup Central OfficeOaklandAA(510) 839-8900(408) 417-1593
    Eastern Counties Area NAEastern Counties Area (Whittier, Downey)NA(562) 698-4604N/A
    Eastern Inland Empire Area NAEastern Inland Empire Area (Riverside, San Bernardino)NA(800) 397-2333;(909) 370-3568N/A
    Eastern Sierra Area NAEastern Sierra Area (Ridgecrest)NA(760) 446-4445N/A
    Foothill Area NAFoothill Area (Porterville)NA(559) 784-4420N/A
    Gold Coast Area NAGold Coast Area (Ventura, Oxnard)NA(888) 817-7425N/A
    Gold Country Area NAGold Country Area (Jackson, Ione, Sutter Creek and Pioneer)NA(209) 256-0645N/A
    Greater East Los Angeles Area NAGreater East Los Angeles AreaNA(323) 721-5504N/A
    Greater Los Angeles Area NAGreater Los Angeles AreaNA(323) 933-5395N/A
    Greater Mojave Area NAGreater Mojave Area (Victorville)NA(888) 322-6817N/A
    Greater San Jose Area NAGreater San Jose AreaNA(408) 998-4200N/A
    Harbor Area Central OfficeLong BeachAA(562) 989-7697(310) 516-8626
    Hollywood Area NAHollywood AreaNA(323) 850-1624N/A
    Humboldt County IntergroupEurekaAA(844) 442-0711N/A
    Humboldt/Del Norte Area NAHumboldt/Del Norte Area (Crescent City)NA(866) 315-8645N/A
    Inland Empire 12th Step Service BoardClaremontAA(909) 628-4428N/A
    Inland Empire Central OfficeColtonAA(909) 825-4700N/A
    Inland Empire Foothills Area NAInland Empire Foothills Area (Redlands, Yucaipa)NA(909) 795-0464N/A
    Inland Empire West Area NAInland Empire West Area (Montclair, Ontario)NA(909) 622-4274N/A
    Intercounty Fellowship Of A.A.San FranciscoAA(415) 674-1821N/A
    Intergroup Answering ServiceSusanvilleAA(530) 257-2880N/A
    Kern County Area NAKern County Area (Bakersfield)NA(877) 629-6759N/A
    Kings Tulare Area NAKings Tulare Area (Hanford, Tulare, Visalia)NA(559) 734-0403N/A
    Lake County Area NALake County Area (Lakeport)NA(707) 262-0132N/A
    Lake County IntergroupLower LakeAA(707) 995-3316N/A
    Los Angeles Central OfficeLos AngelesAA(323) 963-4343;(800) 923-8722N/A
    Lower Desert Area NALower Desert Area (Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio)NA(888) 777-5947N/A
    Marin County NAMarin County (San Rafael)NA(877) 612-7837N/A
    Mariposa A.A. Answering ServiceMariposaAA(209) 966-3110N/A
    Mendocino Coast IntergroupFt. BraggAA(877) 546-9286N/A
    Mendocino Country Area NAMendocino Country Area (Ukiah, Willits)NA(707) 485-9110N/A
    Mendocino Inland IntergroupUkiahAA(707) 462-7123N/A
    Middle Mountain Area NAMiddle Mountain Area (Yuba City, Marysville, Olivehurst)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    Mission Peak Area NAMission Peak AreaNA(510) 444-4673N/A
    Monterey Bay Area IntergroupMontereyAA(831) 373-3713N/A
    Monterey County Area NAMonterey County Area (Monterey)NA(831) 624-2055N/A
    Monterey County Area NAMonterey County Area (Salinas)NA(831) 758-1630N/A
    Morongo Basin Area NAMorongo Basin Area (Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley)NA(800) 833-2830N/A
    Mountain Area NAMountain Area (Running Springs, Big Bear, Yucca Valley, Lake Arrowhead)NA(909) 584-7115N/A
    Napa County IntergroupNapaAA(707) 500-7001N/A
    Napa/Solano Area NANapa/Solano AreaNA(866) 642-3848N/A
    No. California IntergroupReddingAA(530) 225-8955N/A
    No. San Diego Co. Central OfficeVistaAA(760) 758-2514N/A
    North Coastal Area NANorth Coastal Area (Vista, Oceanside, Encinitas)NA(866) 331-1958N/A
    North Orange County Central OfficeFullertonAA(714) 773-4357N/A
    North Solano IntergroupVacavilleAA(707) 446-2244N/A
    North Valley Central OfficeChicoAA(530) 342-5756N/A
    Oakhurst Fellowship Answering ServiceOakhurstAA(559) 683-1662N/A
    Oficina Central de RiversideRiversideAAN/A(951) 687-7090
    Oficina Central HispanaEl MonteAAN/A(626) 453-0226
    Oficina Central HispanaLos AngelesAAN/A(323) 750-2039
    Oficina Central HispanaSan DiegoAAN/A(619) 280-7224
    Oficina Central HispanaSan FranciscoAAN/A(415) 824-1834
    Oficina Central Hispana Costa NorteSan JoseAAN/A(408) 287-7205
    Oficina Central Hispana IntergrupalSalinasAAN/A(831) 757-8518
    Oficina Central NorteSanta RosaAAN/A(707) 623-6702
    Oficina Hispana Del Este De LaLos AngelesAAN/A(323) 722-4175
    Oficina IntergrupalChula VistaAAN/A(619) 476-0288
    Oficina IntergrupalWatsonvilleAAN/A(831) 768-9597
    Oficina Intergrupal Condado VeOxnardAAN/A(805) 988-0329
    Oficina Intergrupal De OrangeSanta AnaAAN/A(714) 541-7225
    Oficina Intergrupal Del Este De La BahiaRichmondAAN/A(510) 328-8930
    Oficina Intergrupal HispanaFresnoAAN/A(559) 266-6752
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana De Alcoholicos Anonimos Del Area de Santa ClaraSan JoseAAN/A(408) 931-2002
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana del Area de San MateoMountainviewAAN/A(650) 679-2374
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Conadado Notre de San DiegoVistaAAN/A(760) 758-6905
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Condado De KernBakersfieldAAN/A(661) 205-0296
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana Del Valle De CoachellaIndioAAN/A(760) 625-9018
    Oficina Intergrupal Hispana SuLong BeachAAN/A(310) 516-8626
    Oficina Intergrupal Sureste De VenturaSanta PaulaAAN/A(805) 525-6140
    Oficina Intergrupal Valle Del AntelopeLittlerockAAN/A(661) 944-5147
    Oficina Intergrupo De ChinoPomonaAAN/A(909) 629-0493
    Orange County Area NAOrange County Area (Anaheim)NA(714) 590-2388N/A
    Orange County Central OfficeSanta AnaAA(714) 556-4555N/A
    Paradise IntergroupParadiseAA(530) 342-5756N/A
    Peninsula Area NAPeninsula Area (San Mateo)NA(650) 802-5950N/A
    River Cities Area NARiver Cities Area (Anderson, Red Bluff)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    Sacramento Fellowship Area NASacramento Fellowship Area (Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Woodland)NA(877) 623-6363N/A
    Salinas Valley Area IntergroupSalinasAA(831) 424-9874N/A
    San Diego Central OfficeSan DiegoAA(619) 265-8762N/A
    San Diego Imperial Counties - Spanish NASan Diego Imperial Counties - SpanishNAN/A(619) 546-0774
    San Diego Imperial Counties Region NASan Diego Imperial Counties RegionNA(800) 479-0062;(619) 584-1007N/A
    San Fernando Valley Area NASan Fernando Valley Area (East San Fernando Valley)NA(818) 997-3822N/A
    San Francisco Area NASan Francisco AreaNA(415) 621-8600N/A
    San Gabriel Valley Area NASan Gabriel Valley Area (Pasadena)NA(626) 584-6910N/A
    San Gabriel/Pomona Valley Central OfficeGlendoraAA(626) 914-1861N/A
    San Mateo CO Fellowship Of A.A.San MateoAA(650) 577-1310N/A
    Santa Barbara Area NASanta Barbara AreaNA(805) 569-1288N/A
    Santa Barbara Central OfficeSanta BarbaraAA(805) 962-3332N/A
    Santa Clara County Intergroup C.O.San JoseAA(408) 374-8511N/A
    Santa Clarita Area NASanta Clarita Area (Newhall, Saugus)NA(800) 338-2155N/A
    Santa Cruz Area NASanta Cruz AreaNA(831) 429-7436N/A
    Santa Cruz County Intergroup Inc.SoquelAA(831) 475-5782N/A
    SCV Central Office Of A.A.Santa ClaritaAA(661) 250-9922N/A
    Shasta/Trinity Area NAShasta/Trinity Area (Redding)NA(877) 669-1669N/A
    Sierra Foothills Area NASierra Foothills Area (Auburn, Placerville)NA(888) 423-3428;(530) 645-1635N/A
    Sierra Sage Region NASierra Sage Region (Mammoth Lakes, Bishop)NAN/AN/A
    Siskiyou Area NASiskiyou Area (Mt Shasta, Weed, Yreka)NA(530) 925-6616N/A
    So. Solano County Central OfficeBeniciaAA(707) 745-8822N/A
    Sonoma County Area NASonoma County Area (Santa Rosa)NA(707) 324-4062N/A
    Sonoma County IntergroupSanta RosaAA(707) 544-1300;(707) 546-2066;(800) 224-1300N/A
    South Coast Area NASouth Coast Area (San Juan Capistrano)NA(800) 333-3610N/A
    South Tahoe Basin Area NASouth Tahoe Basin Area (Lake Tahoe South)NA(530) 541-4100N/A
    Southern Antelope Valley Area NASouthern Antelope Valley Area (Palmdale, Lancaster)NA(661) 266-2200N/A
    Southwest Area NASouthwest Area (Hemet, Temecula, Banning)NA(951) 652-5326N/A
    Southwestern Riverside County Central Service Office Inc.TemeculaAA(951) 695-1535N/A
    Spanish Speaking for LA NASpanish Speaking for LANAN/A(888) 622-4672
    Stanislaus Valley Area NAStanislaus Valley Area (Modesto, Merced)NA(888) 942-9922;(209) 526-1817N/A
    Truckee/North Lake Tahoe Basin Area NATruckee/North Lake Tahoe Basin AreaNA(530) 546-1116N/A
    Tulare County Central OfficeExeterAA(559) 592-6999N/A
    Valle Oficina CentralModestoAAN/A(209) 222-8313
    Valley Service CenterDublinAA(925) 829-0666;(925) 829-3160;(888) 859-3230N/A
    Ventura County Central Service OfficeCamarilloAA(805) 389-1444N/A
    Victor Valley Intergroup Central Office Inc.Apple ValleyAA(760) 242-9292N/A
    West End Area NAWest End Area (West San Fernando Valley)NA(818) 787-9706N/A
    Western Slope IntergroupPlacervilleAA(530) 622-3500N/A
    Westside Area NAWestside Area (West Los Angeles, Santa Monica)NA(310) 390-0279N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Helping recovering addicts evolve into functional members of society, sober living homes, or recovery residences, encourage independence while helping residents maintain their sobriety. The supportive and positive environment is particularly helpful to addiction recovery, and residents’ recovery efforts benefit from the community that has a no-tolerance policy towards drugs and alcohol. Research shows that people who integrate into a community that incentivizes productivity, in particular, the cultivation of skills like those that could be used to find stable employment and build healthy relationships, encourages a person to focus on building a life outside of their addiction and break free of the cycle of substance abuse.

    People in sober living are expected to care for their homes as if they were renting, and so chores are often assigned to residents, as well as rent costs. There are support groups in each home that are based upon house principals, and attendance is often mandatory. Residents are often welcome to stay from a few months to as long as many years, given they follow all rules and don’t relapse, as these homes often have zero tolerance policies to drug use.

    You can find some halfway houses in Los Angeles by checking our database, or you can select the appropriate filter from our tool above. Alternatively, you can head to our guide on sober living homes and learn more about them, as well as search for a certified recovery residence in your area.

    IV. Substance Abuse in Los Angeles

    Admission to Treatment Programs for Rx Opioid Addiction Has Risen

    The number of admissions to treatment programs for primary prescription opioid addiction rose steadily from 2013-2014 to 2016-2017 in Los Angeles County, prior to experiencing a decrease in 2017-2018. According to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) Division of the Department for Public Health of Los Angeles County, the number of treatment admissions was 2,834 in 2013-2014, rising to a high of 3,109 in 2016-2017. The decrease in 2017-2018 still saw 2,304 admissions.

    Source: March 2019 Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) Data Brief: Prescription (Rx) Opioid Misuse/Abuse and Consequences

    Binge Drinking is Primarily the Most Prevalent Substance Abuse Problem

    A March 2019 Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Data Brief highlights binge drinking as the leading substance abuse problem among nearly all age groups in Los Angeles County from 2012 to 2014. By definition, binge drinking is the consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one day over the previous 30 days. Leading the charge are young adults ages 18-25, of whom 34.7% engaged in binge drinking during that time period, compared to 22.9% who took illicit drugs–namely cocaine, heroin and marijuana–and 8.3% who used prescription opioids.

    Source: March 2019 Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) Data Brief: Costs of Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse/Abuse

    Los Angeles sees fewer drug and alcohol related deaths than the national average


    of LA county deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol


    of US deaths caused by drugs and alcohol

    Between 2008 and 2017, there were 31,944 deaths induced by drugs and/or alcohol in Los Angeles county. This number is 5.09% of the total number of deaths among all ages during the same time period in the county. While this percentage is still significant, it remains less than half of the percentage of deaths attributed to drugs and alcohol in the United States during that time.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths Between 2008 and 2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths in LA County7814,12714,209
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths in LA County1217,71917,735
    Total Deaths in LA County9,371618,570628,001
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths in LA County.96%5.14%5.09%

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse

    While it may not be obvious at first glance exactly how many people in a society are struggling with substance abuse and its effects, there are several areas we can look at to see the larger impact of substance abuse in Los Angeles County. We locate statistics from areas such as homeless surveys, traffic accidents, and suicide rates across the area that give a broader view of the substance abuse issues and impact in Los Angeles.

    Homelessness is decreasing in Los Angeles County but substance abuse remains a related factor

    The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reports that Los Angeles County saw a decrease in the homeless population in 2018, the first decrease in four years. The total number of homeless persons in the county was 52,765, a decrease of 4% from 2017. The city of Los Angeles experienced a 6% decrease in the homeless population, down to 31,285 in 2018. However, homelessness remains a very visual issue, with 75% of the total number of homeless living unsheltered in Los Angeles County and 73% living unsheltered in the city of Los Angeles.

    A connection remains between homelessness and substance abuse in Los Angeles County, although it appears to be steadily declining. Of the 52,765 homeless persons in 2018, 15% reported a substance abuse disorder. In the city of Los Angeles, 17% of homeless persons indicated a struggle with a substance abuse disorder.

    Los Angeles County Homeless Population and Related Substance Abuse, 2015-2018
    YearHomelessShelteredUnshelteredSubstance Abuse Reported (18+)
    Percentage Change18.95%0.26%28.72%-34.78%

    Data sourced from Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Homeless Counts for Los Angeles County for 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015

    Drunk driving arrests are on the decrease in Los Angeles County

    Data from the 2017 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System reveals that there has been a decline in the number of drunk driving arrests in Los Angeles County. While 2013 saw 37,559 drunk driving arrests in the county, only 30,779 were reported in 2015, a decrease of 14.8%. This decrease is more pronounced in Los Angeles County than in California as a whole, where there was an 11.9% reduction in drunk driving arrests between 2013 and 2015.

    According to a study conducted by Moll Law Group in Chicago, data provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows a relationship between the inception of ride-sharing services like Uber and a reduction in drunk drinking arrest across 10 major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. This study indicated that a total of 8,132 drunk driving arrests in 2010 decreased to 4,635 in 2016, a drop of 57%.

    V. Take Action

    There are multiple resources in Los Angeles and the surrounding area for those that are struggling with substance dependency. Use our tool to discover a rehabilitation center near you that can help you determine your insurance coverage and your rehab needs. Many low-cost centers can help you if you don’t have insurance or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.